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JAN. 12, 2015

Seeking Inspiration, Setting Goals

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Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director

I’m a pretty determined, goal oriented person, so the idea of resolutions appeals to me. I like to imagine what could be, or what I would like to happen, and then make a plan to get there. I also like to imagine a “way of being” in the world, and figure out how to lead my life accordingly. Unlike many people, I don’t usually set goals or make resolutions at the start of the New Year. I make them at the end of the summer camp season, when I’m filled with inspiration from the counselors I’ve worked with and the children that I spent the summer laughing and growing with. In mid-August I’m ready to dream BIG.

This August was no exception. After a wonderful summer at Eagle’s Nest, I took a few days to enjoy the mountains that surround camp before I transitioned back to my life in downtown Winston-Salem. During that time I enjoyed some of my favorite past times – reading, mountain biking, and napping in the sunshine by mountain streams. I also bought a brand new journal and a fresh felt tip pen to use as I reflected on the past year and the year to come. It didn’t take long for me to come up with the “ways of being” that have guided me through the past several months and that are continuing to help me create goals for the future.

I keep these goals in my journal, and have also re-copied them and taped them down to my desk. I refer to them often as reminders of how I aspire to live this year. I’ve decided to share them with you now, since the Eagle’s Nest community inspired so many of them. I also hope that they’ll inspire you in some way as you look forward to your own goals for 2015.

~  Be Peaceful

~ Find Energy – in my body and my mind

~ Share Gratitude

~ Enjoy Nature

~ Use My Muscles – feel their strength 

~ Walk, Bike, Run or Skate there

~ Be Well – practice good health

~ Free Myself of Irritants – stuff, negativity, “monkeys”

~ Seek Inspiration 

I hope that your coming year is filled with peace, good health, gratitude and an abundance of time enjoying the natural world.

Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director